Sonko defends Chinese Restaurant that practices racism against Africans


Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has said he will not be rattled by racism following reports that Chinese Restaurant in Nairobi ‘locks out’ Africans after 5pm.

“Even as Africans continue to be disrespected in their own countries, I will respond to racism with love,” Sonko said.

He advised Kenyans via Twitter on Tuesday to love themselves and be proud of their skin colour, saying “racism is just a disease that affects non-blacks”.

He warned that the vice cannot be eradicated through retaliatory tactics.

“Let’s not think that by closing down one restaurant we will have ended racism. Fellow Kenyans, do not respond to racism by being a racist yourself,” he said.

Sonko and former Cabinet Minister Raphael Tuju, said to be a friend of the owners, are reportedly the only exceptions to the rule.

It is said that patrons must spend at least Sh20,000 to prove their loyalty and be allowed to stay after the set time.

Only taxi drivers or Africans accompanied by Chinese, European or Indian patrons are allowed into the restaurant’s compound after 5pm, the Daily Nation reported on Monday.

The owner of the restaurant located at the junction of Galana and Lenana roads in Kilimani was however arrested on Monday for operating the business without a license.

Zhang Yang was ordered to appear at the Milimani Law Courts on Thursday or pay a fine of Sh50,000.


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